Episode 16

Published on:

4th Oct 2021

People of the Global Majority (w/Frankie Charles)

Welcome to the 16th episode of MN Opera's New York Times-very-briefly-mentioned podcast, THE SCORE! This week, to celebrate our Sweet Sixteen, we are joined by a dear friend, a brilliant colleague, and our favorite Cubano, Frankie Charles, the Impact Department Coordinator here at MN Opera (0:00:27). This episode is a little different. Given Frankie's background in technical theater, things started out as a discussion about equity and colorism in production, but then it turned into something we weren't quite expecting. So if you want to get to know us a bit better, please join us for a fun, poignant and deeply personal conversation that delves into race, higher education, queerness, family and so much more. And since it's Latinx Heritage Month, we send you into the week with a little Pure Latinx Joy to compliment our usual PB&J (1:26:55). This week we celebrate Cima Funk, Lil Nas X, Full Circle Everest Expedition and the historic opening of Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons' Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the first opera by a Black composer to premiere at the Metropolitan Opera! Let's do it to it, ya'll!

Hosts: Lee Bynum, Rocky Jones, Paige Reynolds

Guest: Frankie Charles

Producer: Rocky Jones


"The Podcasts Opera Pros Tune To" (New York Times)

Cima Funk, Cun Cun PrĂ¡ (Spotify)

"The Met Comes Alight Again With Fire Shut Up in My Bones" (Vulture)

Full Circle Everest Expedition (Website)

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About the Podcast

The Score
News and commentary about opera and classical music seen through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens
It's time to put opera on game! Hosts Lee Bynum (VP, Impact), Paige Reynolds (Civic Engagement Manager), and Rocky Jones (EDI Director) are three Black and queer artists, pop culture aficionados, and arts administrators at Minnesota Opera, who are working every day to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusivity into opera and classical music. The Score is their provocative, thoughtful, and humorous commentary on opera's past, present, and future, as seen through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. Each episode features a variety of stories from a variety of perspectives that bring Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, trans and nonbinary folks, and everyone else into the discussion of ownership over and access to the art form. From the opera house to the statehouse to your house, each episode will amplify the voices of those in the field who are pushing the boundaries of what opera is, who it is for, and how it can transform us and our communities.